As the name suggests bed bugs are most commonly found in the bedroom, they live in bed linen, behind headboards in and on mattresses and even behind furniture. Bed bugs are human parasites and like to feed on human blood. Having Bed Bugs can be pretty distressing so getting rid of them should be a priority.
Bed bugs are getting more common in recent years, this is thought to be because of an increase in international travel as they can travel in luggage or clothing. Bed bugs can infest the cleanest of homes and can be very mobile when traveling attached to clothing any home can be at risk regardless of cleanliness.
When feeding on humans bed bugs will bite into the skin and feed for up to 15 mins. You will often be left with small bites (raised bumps), while not always the case the bites will often be in groups normally on areas of skin that may have been exposed during sleep.CONTACT US NOW
They are pale brown when unfed but brown when engourged with blood. Oval but flattened unless recently fed. Are wingless with a short head and long slender mouthparts.
They are nocturnal parasite with all stages feeding on mammalian blood. Hide by day in cracks and crevices in beds, furniture, behind skirting boards emerging when hungry to find food.
Once in your home, they can quickly spread from room to room. They don't jump or fly, but can crawl long distances.
They hide in cracks and crevices during normal daylight hours (e.g. folds of mattresses, coils of springs, upholstery of chairs, cracks in furniture). Favour harbourages close to food source. Heavy infestations will hide in more exposed places (e.g. behind loose wallpaper, behind pictures on wall, under door and window frames, in lighting fixtures).
Darkness, isolation and protection.
High reproductive rate, in combination with the ability to survive long periods of time without feeding make them extremely hardy. They can detect CO2 and infra red radiation which makes it easier for them to find a host. Because they harbour in cracks and crevices they can be well concealed. The fact that their choice of hosts is very selective and feed while the host is not mobile is a weakness that can be exploited.
Proper management and treatment can only be achieved through a team effort between you and your 1st Stop Pest Control pest control technician. Please contact our office for more information. Our treatment strategies involve a combination of chemical and non-chemical methods - some of which require your participation to ensure successful eradication. Chemical treatments involve application of residual products to harbourages and areas that the bedbugs will most likely encounter as they move around.
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